“My work is process-driven, exploring a variety of materials to create color, form, and textures. I work with a number of mediums such as paint, plaster, metal mesh, silk, collage, and styrofoam, developing layered surfaces. Working within a specific format, I use these elements with an interplay of structure and spontaneous gesture.
I’m inspired by things like trash on the street, peeling paint on a wall, pieces of wire, accidental markings and more. The random array of debris I see is waiting to be salvaged and used as images in my paintings, sculptures and drawings. With one mark informing the next, they become something new and yet allow for the original content to endure.” — AW
Amy Wickersham was born in Chicago. She got her BFA from Denver University and studied painting and drawing at the Spannocchia Foundation in Italy. She moved to New York City in 1990, then full time to Sag Harbor in 2010.
Wickersham has had solo shows at: Clic Gallery, East Hampton, NY; Fox and Fowle Gallery, New York, NY; and Dorry Gates Gallery, Kansas City, MO. Group exhibitions include: The Watermill Art Center (with folioeast), Watermill, NY; Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY; Historical Society, Rye NY; The Nelson Art Gallery, Kansas City, MO; Washington Square Park Gallery, NYC; Nix Gallery, NYC; Kenise Barnes Gallery, Larchmont, NY; and The Spannocchia Foundation, Rosia, Italy. Her work was recently awarded “Best Mixed Media” by Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY.
rotating exhibit of current & recently sold work
AMY WICKERSHAM speaks to folioeast’s COCO MYERS
CM/ WHICH MATERIALS DO YOU USE THE MOST?
AW/ I primarily use acrylic paint with dyed silk. I love the way these materials create translucent layers where color and light emerge from under the surface. When I want to develop more layered surfaces, I combine various mediums including paint, dye, plaster, metal mesh and silk.
CM/ CAN YOU BRIEFLY DESCRIBE YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
AW/ I use a variety of materials to create color, form and texture. While I begin with a structured format, my work evolves through spontaneous gestures and intuition.
CM/ WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE EAST END THAT DREW YOU HERE? WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
AW/ I started coming out here with my family for summers twenty years ago. I was drawn to the beauty of the ever-changing light bouncing between the ocean and sky. We moved full time to Sag Harbor in 2013. I run every morning in all kinds of weather, giving me time to see, hear and feel the beauty out here. This observation of nature is a constant source of inspiration.
CM/ WHAT SEASON IS MOST INSPIRING TO YOU?
AW/ I love every season here. I find the most productive and creative time is winter, when I tend to hibernate, spending more time inside and quiet, away from the distractions of summer activities and visitors.
CM/ WHERE DO YOU DO MOST OF YOUR WORK?
AW/ My studio is in my backyard, just a few steps away from our house, so it’s very accessible at all times. In the summer I can work with open doors or even outside—where I don’t have to worry about getting too messy.
CM/ DO YOU FEEL CONNECTED TO THE HISTORY OF THE ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISTS ON THE EAST END?
AW/ I often think of the great painters that have preceded us out here. Thinking about how they enjoyed the beauty of this area in the same way that I enjoy it now, with an appreciation of the light, water and sky, brings them to life for me.
CM/ ARE THERE ANY PARTICULAR ARTWORKS YOU WOULD LOVE TO HAVE?
AW/ There are so many wonderful artists out here, both present and past. Of course I would love to own a de Kooning, Pollock, or Krasner, but there are lots of artists I’ve met—many through folioeast—whose work I admire.